The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award recognizes a community organization that has developed, implemented and delivered an innovative literacy program that has made a tremendous impact in its community, in hopes it can be translated for other community organizations to adapt. The top award provides $20,000, and up to four other submissions may be selected to receive $5,000 each.
The Dr. Alan Middleton Workplace Literacy and Learning Award recognizes an individual for their outstanding achievement in workplace literacy and essential skills in a workplace. The award is named in honour of ABC Life Literacy Canada board member and former Chair, Dr. Alan Middleton.
The Peter Gzowski Life Literacy Fellowship was developed in honour of the late broadcaster and journalist Peter Gzowski. The fellowship provides a $3,000 grant for a Canadian journalist to undertake and publish a literacy project to enhance public understanding, support for, and awareness of, the literacy cause.
The Honourable Joyce Fairbairn, P.C. Literacy Public Awareness Award (The Joycee) was established in 1996 in honour of Senator Joyce Fairbairn, a long-standing champion of the literacy cause in Canada. The award recognizes Canadian corporations’ exceptional contributions in support of literacy.
ABC Life Literacy Canada commissioned Canadian crystal artist and designer Mark Raynes Roberts to develop the awards for both The Peter Gzowski Life Literacy Fellowship and The Dr. Alan Middleton Workplace Literacy and Learning Award. Mark Raynes Roberts is a world-renowned designer and crystal artist, whose crystal art pieces have been presented to royalty and global leaders in business, the arts, sports and sciences. Much of his artistic work has been concerned with human transcendence over adversity and the universality of human striving and challenge. For more information, please visit www.markraynesroberts.com.